Monday, June 27, 2016

We're building forts indoors and spending lots of time in cosy pyjamas on these very cold mid-winter days. I love building forts, I hope it never gets old.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.


Friday, June 03, 2016

Drawing and puzzles near the fire on this cold wintery day. She draws lots of little faces. It's like they were right there waiting and she makes them visible.

Stuffed Mushrooms for Dinner

Thursday, June 02, 2016


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

That's what we call it when the kids use the swings this way. Flapping their arms, supported around their bellies and kicking their little legs wildly. Laughing and carefree in the warm autumn sun. It's good to be 2.

Cupcake Oma and the Dollhouse

Monday, May 23, 2016

Cupcake Oma's been visiting. She and the Littlest Duckling tidied up the house, set up a garden party in the sunshine and filled the bath with bubbles. She's a gem that Oma.

Mother's Day

Monday, May 16, 2016


Saturday, May 07, 2016

Irrational Grief and Disappointment

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

My dad would have liked these. He liked liquorice allsorts. Darrell Lea liquorice allsorts particularly. When I saw these in the supermarket I felt quite cross that they didn't bring them out in time for him to try them. I know that there are much bigger things that he has missed and that we have missed sharing with him but this tipped me over the edge. I started weeping a little in the supermarket. I don't even like allsorts but I couldn't leave them behind. So, I bought them and I fed them to the kids and we remembered him. Seeing the kids enjoy them made me feel a little better.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.

JW is 8

Friday, April 22, 2016

A bugs and insects birthday party and chinese food for dinner for our JW. With thanks to Aunty B for taking so many photos, I was still icing the cake when the guests arrived. Every year I promise myself I will be more organised...

AG2R Quilt

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Apologies for all the photos but I am chuffed that this is finished. Thrilled! Delighted! Turning cartwheels of pure delight!
When Mr Duyvken came home from his Tour de France adventure last year he asked if I would make a baby quilt for one of the men he had met. Martin is Focus Bikes team liaison to the AG2R La Mondiale team (at least he was when this whole project began) and Mr Duyvken and his mate Ben had a great time with him seeing how the team runs and how the Tour unfolds (and then folds back up again to move on to the next stage). Mr Duyvken always watches the Tour and being able to be part of it for a couple of stages was really amazing. Martin and his partner were expecting a baby so making them a baby quilt, using the AG2R logo and colours seemed like a good way to say thank you for the experience. The logo is a great graphic but I quickly found that stitching it to make a nice, neat quilt block was quite difficult. After some trial and error, and lots of time with the machine packed away, I found a way to make the blocks and I am really happy with how it has turned out. I will put a tutorial together for anyone who might be interested in trying it themselves.
The quilt measures 96cm by 116cm, a good size for a cot quilt, is made with cotton fabrics, cotton batting, backed with spots, bound with stripes and heading for it's home with a little bub in Germany.


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Whoever said 'take a picture, it'll last longer' was onto something. If I hadn't taken this photo of J on the evening all the cousins got together to decorate christmas ornaments I don't think I'd have any recollection of it. It makes me happy every time I see it and I remember just what it felt like on that warm summer evening 4 years ago when we were hoarse from laughter, sticky from glue and sparkly from glitter.
Breathe in.
Breathe out.
Heart full.

Once Upon a Time Our G's Were in Kindy Together

Friday, April 15, 2016

Two new cushions for the couch made by my friend, Cathy, who has the most beautiful collection of fabrics.She sells cushions and the blankets, gloves and other beautiful things that she sources and stocks. She is at and is often at markets and fairs around Sydney if you want to see more of her beautiful collection.

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